thriving on chaos

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on February 16, 2010

siblings playing on their farm. lompoc, california.

© kevin t vu

work is still busy. down in san diego for the week w/ embry to shoot a team of bicyclists sponsored by jelly belly. that’s right, the bite-sized pieces of sweet goodness.

“Every film I’ve done has benefited from me coming up against lack of time, money, or whatever is thrown my way, because it suddenly brings out the best, most creative moments for me.  When you’ve got resistance, it focuses you on what’s important.  Everything is equal to me until somebody says ‘no.’  ‘What do u mean, ‘No?’  Why?’  And now we’ve got something to concentrate this energy on and you solve the problem one way or the other.”

~ Terry Gilliam (Director of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.)


balancing act

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on January 19, 2010

aiden in the morning. orange, california.
© kevin t vu

it has been a hectic start to the new year. work definitely kicked in right when the holidays ended. and on top of that, some of my favorite people from allover happened to be in southern california.

there definitely was a lot on my plate and it was hard to juggle everything. i was working everyday and making very little time for the people that i haven’t seen in months, let alone years.

friends from santa cruz, petaluma, santa fe and torino italy all happened to convene in los angeles, all in the same weekend. it was a frenetic weekend squeezing work and friends together.

but i loved it! it was so great to see everyone! i felt so refreshed reminiscing over good food and good conversation. life can’t get any better than that!

“…it is important to do work that you care about and have a passion for, and then to get it out into the world in any venue possible. If the images are good and the work is meaningful to you, the high quality and passion will come through and clients will want to work with you. So doing work you’re passionate about not only feeds your soul, it turns out that it’s also good for your business.”

~ paula lerner

old friends in different places

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 28, 2009

aiden trying out eating with a spoon. orange, california.

staying warm after a bath. orange, california.

he likes to put his whole fist into his mouth. orange, california

hanging out with mommy. orange, california.

i don’t know how long i’ve been back home for now. the concept of time is sucked away from thought when i am in suburbia land. luckily, i’ve been able to work on some jobs assisting with embry rucker since i’ve been back. that has helped me to pay the bills for this month.

but i have also had a lot of free time as well. and i have used that time to hang out w/ my nephew aiden. he is a cute little booger and he drools a tremendous amount.

i’ve also been able to catch up on some work that i haven’t done since i’ve been jumping around. my reality seems to catch up w/ me whenever i’m home. ie. bills and what not.

luckily, i’ve come home at the right time. i have been able to meet up with some great old friends from london who i haven’t seen for a year and a half. i caught up w/ my friends Hubert Kang and Claudia Leisinger a couple of weeks ago. They are both amazing people w/ great talent.

Today, I was able to pick my friend Paige Green. She also has a wonderful blog that inspires me to keep shooting. Once I picked her up from good o’ John Wayne airport, we caught up at my local Irish dive bar and drank guinness that was poured the correct way! It was like being back at a pub in London all over again! I have such fond memories of great conversations about life and photography while I was there. the best part of it were the friends/peers that i shared those with.

and now, one of them, paige is back in my life, only for a week, but i’ll take what i can get. i’ll be assisting her for a couple of days. she’s shooting some university students at Chapman college, which happens to be only 10 min. from me. it’ll be great fun!! She is a wonderful photographer and I’m sure I’ll have a lot to learn from her process. I can’t wait to play!


Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on January 29, 2009

aiden hanging out ready for some food. orange, california.
© kevin t vu

me hanging out. don’t judge. orange, california.
© kevin t vu

i’m ready for my impromptu photoshoot! orange, california.
© kevin t vu

hanging out w/ mommy. orange, california.
© kevin t vu

so, since i’ve been home, the family has been telling me that aiden, my month-old nephew, looks like me. i figured its because of the balding head. i decided to do a study of our physiognomies. i added the bib to try to keep all the variables constant. so what do u think?

the other images were just me playing in some natural light w/ aiden.

frank ockenfels

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on October 27, 2008

sol hanging out by the flowers. san miguel de allende, mexico.
© kevin t vu

just finished the 1st week of san miguel w/ frank ockenfels. he was an amazing instructor/photographer. we worked w/ home depot lights and produced some amazing imagery. For me, the photographers i respect are the ones that i’ve met and can see why their imagery is so stunning. and i found frank to be one of those photographers that i truly admire.

this week, i will be assisting marcela taboada. she’s a mexican documentary photographer. so i’m excited to see how this week goes.